by David Brenneman
It's a prevailing, often seen thing in the Old Testament. Saw it again this morning. People who were doing what was right in their own eyes. God wasn't pleased with them for doing that.
He had, through the law of Moses, given them specific instructions that they weren't keeping. Therein is the problem. Thus the book of Judges.
Over and over again the Lord would appoint a judge over them. Over and over again we read that after each judge died, again they would return to living however they wanted. Forgetting that they were God's chosen people. Forgetting the law of Moses. Forgetting to realize they were living in ways contrary to what the Lord had commanded them to live if indeed they wanted to be prosperous and to live in peace.
In our world today we can still see this rebellious spirit in Israel. We see it in all the world. People deciding to go and do whatever they want without regard to consequences. Trying to identify as this or that in order to justify the truth that they want as truth. Doing what is right in their own eyes.
The first thing that goes is calling a spade a spade. Calling sin as being a sin.
Redefining what people do in order to not feel bad about doing it.
Redefining success so that regardless of what God says or said about it they continue in living that way. They feel good so why stop?
We read straight from Jesus that when He returns it will be just like it was in the days of Noah. People marrying and being given in marriage. People living out life, doing what was right in their own eyes. When we look at the days of Noah in Genesis we read that the Lord looked down on the Earth and saw that the thoughts of mankind were evil continually. Add that to marrying and being given in marriage. Add that to everyone doing what was right in their own eyes. What do you get? Today's world.
We get a world ripe for the return of Jesus Christ. We see billions of people doing whatever they want when they want. We see people marrying and being given in marriage. We see in the headlines of the huge degree of the thoughts of mankind being evil continually. Be real here. Our news outlets claim to report the unbiased truth. They report what they are told to report. You have to look beyond them to find the reality of this world. The evil that is prevalent. The fight between those evil forces and those who are truly followers of Christ Jesus.
We are told upfront in the books after the Gospels of this battle. That we ought not be surprised at the fiery ordeals among us. To expect those things to happen when we stand on the Word of God. When people live out their faith rather than their own selfish desires.
Jesus said it would be this way. We who are in Christ Jesus are aliens in this world. This world isn't our home.
Jesus is only going to come when that last person to receive Him as Lord and Savior does so. At that point, all the Biblical prophecies needing to have happened will have happened. Satan knows this. Satan's doing everything he can to keep Believers from living out their faith so that it prolongs his 'reign' here on Earth.
As long as everyone does whatever is right in their own eyes, both the Believers and those whom haven't come to Christ for salvation, then Satan's getting what he wants.
2 Timothy 3:2-5 NASB "For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, slanderers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness although they have denied its power; avoid such people as these."
Recognize these things in yourself or others?
These might be a slap in the face. The Word of God is going to do that.
Pray honestly with Jesus. Ask Jesus to reveal to you just how you really are. We are told in the Scriptures that the testimony of 1 person isn't to be valued. Only on the testimony of more than 1. So after you look at your life, ask Jesus, ask the Spirit, to show you what you cannot see on your own about you.
Get right with Jesus today before you face Him. Salvation is but a prayer away. Getting a saved life back on track is but a prayer away.
But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart”—that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; for “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:8-13 NASB
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